Eight more members test Covid-positive, but PCB insists England tour is on

Eight more members test Covid-positive, but PCB insists England tour is on

By: Express News Service |

Revealed: June 24, 2020 12:24:59 am

A complete of 10 Pakistan gamers have examined optimistic for the virus. (Supply: AP Photograph)

Pakistan’s tour of England is on, claimed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), at the same time as eight more members of the touring get together – seven gamers and assist employees – examined optimistic for coronavirus.

Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, and Wahab Riaz, and masseur Malang Ali have examined optimistic, as a complete of 35 Covid-19 exams have been performed at Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar on Monday. This got here on prime of three Covid positive results – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan – yesterday. In an prolonged 29-member squad, 10 gamers have now been despatched to self-isolation, though other than Rizwan, others aren’t Take a look at regulars.

Pakistan will play three Assessments adopted by as many T20 internationals in England and as per the revised schedule, the primary Take a look at is more likely to begin from August 5. Dialogue is ongoing close to selecting Outdated Trafford and Ageas Bowl as bio-secure venues for all the tour, however the itinerary hasn’t been confirmed but.

“The tour to England could be very a lot on observe and the facet will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortuitously, all of the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are detrimental, which suggests they’ll begin coaching and practising instantly after they’ve been examined and given the all-clear after they arrive in England,” PCB chief government Wasim Khan said.

Up there in Blighty, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Ashley Giles, too, contended that the as of now the tour is not in doubt. On the similar time, Giles expressed his “concern”. In a curtailed season, the ECB is banking on the sequence in opposition to the West Indies and Pakistan for income era.

Ashley Giles changed Andrew Strauss as England’s Director of Cricket in 2018. (Supply: Reuters)

“We nonetheless are far sufficient out, even when quite a lot of these outcomes have been nonetheless optimistic, however that is the distinction with worldwide sport. We have to get our opposition in (the) nation. Something that places that in danger or at risk is clearly an issue,” Giles was quoted as saying by the Related Press.

Provided that the Covid curve is on an upward spiral in Pakistan – whole circumstances have risen to 185,034 – whereas it’s flattening within the UK, there stays a component of doubt about the way forward for the sequence. “All of this has uncertainty nonetheless, even to any diploma the West Indies sequence, as a result of we all know how fast-moving this example has been world wide,” Giles stated.

Worldwide cricket will return to England with a three-Take a look at sequence in opposition to the West Indies beginning at Southampton from July 8. Coming again to Pakistan, the gamers and assist employees who’ve examined detrimental, will assemble “in a bio-secure surroundings” at Lahore on June 24 and can bear “second spherical of testing” on June 25. Those that will probably be examined detrimental will probably be on board a constitution flight to Manchester. “Inside 24 after hours after arriving within the UK, they are going to be examined by the ECB medical panel,” the PCB said. The squad will observe a quarantine interval in England.

For individuals who have examined optimistic, the PCB chief government stated: “As regards the gamers, who’ve examined optimistic, we’ll proceed to watch and assist them, together with conducting antibody exams, and as quickly as they check detrimental, they are going to be flown to hitch the squad in England.

“Within the meantime, (head coach) Misbah-ul-Haq is reviewing the coaching schedule in England and is firming up plans for reserve gamers to be examined as a backup.”

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